Companies charged over Crossrail death and injuries

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BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas told they will be charged in relation to a Crossrail death and injuries to two workers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has informed BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd that they will be prosecuted in relation to a Crossrail death and injuries to two other workers that occurred during the construction of the new railway tunnel, which runs east to west across London and will house the new Elizabeth Line.

All three companies will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court in January 2017, facing four charges each. Two of the charges relate to the death of Rene Tkacik on the 7 March 2014 while the other two charges are in connection with injuries to Terrence Hughes and Alex Vizitiu on the 16 January and 22 January 2015 respectively.

Rene Tkacik died while working on the Fisher Street cross-over tunnel. He was spraying concrete onto the excavated ground when a piece of concrete from the ceiling of the tunnel fell and hit him.

Terrence Hughes was working on the section of tunnel between Bond Street and Paddington when he was crushed by a tipper truck, suffering severe leg injuries.

It was in the same stretch of the tunnel less than a week later than Alex Vizitiu suffered head and hip injuries. He was struck by a high pressure mixture of water and concrete during a routine operation to clean concrete lines.

Investigation concludes there is enough evidence to prosecute

“We have today [7 December] informed the three contractors that they will each be prosecuted for the death of a worker and injuries sustained by two others, in three separate incidents on the construction project,” said Annette Hall, HSE’s Head of Operations.

“These were all serious incidents and resulted in the death of one of their workers. We have concluded following thorough investigations that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute and it is in the public interest to do so.”

BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd will each face four charges:

  • One charge under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • One charge under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Two charges under Regulation 22 (1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

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